Reshaping the wider 14-16 qualifications offer in Wales

We are looking at how future qualifications can best support the introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales and help to realise its ambition.

We want to know which qualifications should be available alongside new GCSEs to meet the needs of all learners aged 14 to 16.  We want your views to help make sure future learners have the right choices.  

Over the coming months, we will work with stakeholders to develop proposals for what the whole qualification offer should include. We will be looking at all qualifications currently available to learners aged 14-16, from entry level and up, and including a wider range of subjects such as such as the World of Work, Financial Capability, Careers Development, Equality and Diversity, Food Safety, Essential Skills, Sport and First Aid.  

To complement our engagement work we have carried out a desk-based review. This work will help us build a fuller picture of the extent to which the current qualifications offer aligns to the new Curriculum for Wales and the progression routes it supports to post-16 pathways.


A timeline for our work in shaping the wider 14–16 qualification offer is provided below. 

Next steps 

We want to hear your views on what is needed to help us shape the wider offer of qualifications for 14-16 learners to support the aims and purposes of the new Curriculum for Wales. 

As part of our engagement, we are asking all stakeholders to complete our survey that is live until Monday 31 January 2022. 

We’re also interested in the learner voice, if you’re a learner please complete this survey.

To get in touch please contact us: